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December 27, 1998 | By Joe Logan, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Tom Modrak didn't hesitate. "No," the Eagles' director of football operations said, "I haven't regretted taking the job. " Right. Now, with this dreadful Philadelphia football season finally ending today, what matters is whether Modrak can live up to his billing as a savvy personnel guy who finds fine football players other teams overlook. "That's what I want, that's what the fans want, and that's what the team wants," he said. "But the reality is you don't throw a net out there and get seven superstars all the time.
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August 13, 1998 | By Phil Sheridan, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In the name of truth in advertising, they should go ahead and call it the Modrak Bowl. The Eagles have plenty of reasons to be serious about tomorrow night's preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. After their dismal performance in last week's 29-15 loss to the New York Jets, the Eagles need to bounce back, as much for their own self-confidence as anything. But when you cut through the talk about odd fronts and zone blitzes, one suspects that Tom Modrak is the real reason for what quarterback Bobby Hoying called "a big sense of urgency.
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December 22, 1998 | By Phil Sheridan, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The process is already under way. Tom Modrak, the Eagles' director of football operations, flew directly from Dallas to Alabama for a firsthand look at players in Friday's Blue-Gray college all-star game. It is the first in a series of events leading to April 17, when the Eagles could have their highest draft choice in 30 years. If the Eagles lose to the New York Giants on Sunday, finishing 3-13, they will have the second pick in the 1999 draft. They have the edge on the other potential 3-13 teams because their schedule was the weakest.
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June 4, 1998 | By Phil Sheridan, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The NFL is "a small world," as John Goeller put it. "There are 30 teams and only so many scouts. You get to know pretty much everybody sooner or later. " Goeller, hired last week as the Eagles' director of college scouting, got to know Tom Modrak in Goeller's 17 years as an NFL scout. The day Modrak took the job as the Eagles' director of football operations, he called Goeller. "I've known John for a long time, and I had it in my mind that if anything were to happen, I would make that move," Modrak said yesterday.
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May 16, 1998 | By Phil Sheridan, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Eagles named Tom Modrak director of football operations yesterday with high hopes that the longtime Pittsburgh Steelers executive would be the round peg the team has long sought to fill its top football position. Owner Jeffrey Lurie made it clear that the hiring of Modrak did not represent a change in the team's front-office structure. The longtime Pittsburgh Steelers scout and executive will hold the same title square peg Dick Daniels held for two seasons. It will be up to Modrak, 55, to succeed where Daniels failed - in building relationships with head coach Ray Rhodes and his assistants and in drafting and signing good football players.
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May 1, 2001 | By Phil Sheridan INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The departure of the Chicago Bears' vice president of personnel yesterday was the first in a line of falling dominoes that could lead to a major shake-up in the Eagles' front office. Tom Modrak, the Eagles director of football operations, will be a candidate to replace the Bears' Mark Hatley. Modrak could also leave for Washington, Pittsburgh or Arizona. Regardless of the destination, though, according to several people familiar with the situation, Modrak is almost certain to leave.
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July 27, 2000 | by Marcus Hayes, Daily News Sports Writer
While the immediate problem of the No. 1 draft pick holdout is sexier, the more important Eagles' issue - procuring a new stadium - continues to loom. Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie yesterday restated his disappointment over the logjam as the city wrestles with where to build the baseball stadium. According to the lease agreement, the Phillies and Eagles must receive identical treatment from the city. Neither team can receive city funds before the other. The Birds were ready to go with the project last year.
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June 23, 1998 | By Phil Sheridan, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Bryan Broaddus, the personnel man who garnered rave reviews for organizing the Eagles' draft this year, was hired late last week by the Jacksonville Jaguars. Broaddus, 35, will be the Jaguars' assistant director of pro personnel. His departure completes the Eagles' cycle of change that began with the firing of director of football operations Dick Daniels earlier this year. In Daniels' absence, Broaddus and pro personnel man Mike Lombardi shepherded the Eagles through free agency and the draft.
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March 3, 2000 | by Marcus Hayes, Daily News Sports Writer
First things first. While the Eagles might have jumped back into the free-agency pool by re-signing backup center Bubba Miller and scheduling a weekend visit with Miami Dolphins fullback Stanley Pritchett, the club's personnel evaluators have something else on their minds: The draft. Eagles football operations director Tom Modrak was in Florida yesterday checking out talent, and that state, as usual, is full of it this year. The Sunshine State was the collegiate home to: receivers Peter Warrick, Ron Dugans and Laveranues Coles, defensive tackles Corey Simon and Jerry Johnson and kicker Sebastian Janikowski, all from Florida State; tight end Bubba Franks, from Miami; and Florida receiver Travis Taylor, to name a few. That's not even mentioning other players who call Florida their offseason home and train there.
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February 22, 2000 | by Marcus Hayes, Daily News Sports Writer
Maybe Koy Detmer will have a little competition for that third quarterback spot, after all. Last week, the Eagles signed former Notre Dame starter and Berwick (Pa.) High star Ron Powlus and promptly sent him to Amsterdam, of NFL Europe. Powlus, undrafted out of college, spent the 1998 preseason with the Tennessee Titans and the last two weeks of that season on the St. Louis Rams' practice squad. He was in the Detroit Lions' training camp last year, but was cut. Detmer probably has little to worry about.
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January 4, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chip Kelly won. There's no other way to look at the "structural change" that Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie announced on Friday. The head coach not only has final say over the 53-man roster - which he flouted several times over the last two years - but he "will now oversee the player personnel department" after former general manager Howie Roseman was "elevated" (read: exorcised from player evaluation) to the role of executive vice president of football operations. Kelly will be able to hand pick his own "personnel executive" - general manager, or what have you. He will have absolute football power.
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January 18, 2013 | By Rich Hofmann, Daily News Staff Writer
VILLAGE IDIOT on Monday, dressed up for the big press conference on Thursday; welcome to Howie Roseman's world. It is a strange place in which the Eagles' general manager lives, in which all of them live, including new coach Chip Kelly. It is a world in which the media is voyeuristic at best and predatory at worst, a world where people seem to be able to find out how long your lunch interview lasted before the check has been paid. As Kelly said, "Seriously, it's kind of creepy, to be honest with you. " But it is the current reality, and it bit Roseman in a very big way during the Eagles' search for a head coach.
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December 24, 2012 | By Bob Ford, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Andy Reid had already endured the sloppy end of the football game, watching as rookie quarterback Nick Foles managed to finish things with an intentional-grounding penalty that robbed Reid of what was probably the final one second of his coaching tenure in Lincoln Financial Field. After that, Reid had to wade across the field, accompanied by a small army of television cameras, to find Washington coach Mike Shanahan and congratulate Shanahan on the 27-20 win that pushed the Redskins one game closer to the NFC East title that the Eagles used to capture as if by habit.
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November 27, 2012 | By Phil Sheridan, Inquirer Columnist
The formula for fixing the Eagles is simple enough: Hire a smart, up-and-coming young head coach and obtain a franchise quarterback. Shake well, serve hot, and wait for the Super Bowl runs to commence. So explain the Carolina Panthers - the 2-8 Carolina Panthers, who will appear at Lincoln Financial Field Monday in a prime-time matchup that has ESPN execs doubling up on their meds. In 2010, Panthers owner Jerry Richardson faced a situation very much like the one Jeffrey Lurie faces this year.
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November 21, 2012
IT HAS BEEN a long time since Jeff Lurie had to go coach shopping, and no, I'm not referring to the company that makes overpriced handbags, wallets and shoes. He's had to fire only two head coaches in the 18 years and counting that he's owned the Eagles, none since 1999, when he brought in Andrew Walter Reid. Since Lurie hired Reid, there have been a total of 117 coaches hired or fired in the NFL. The Raiders have gone through a league-high eight. The Redskins and Dolphins are on their sixth.
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November 21, 2012
Forget about Andy Reid for a moment. Yes, it's hard to wipe away his response Sunday that he kept ramming LeSean McCoy into the Redskins because he thought the Eagles had a chance at rallying from a 25-point deficit with less than two minutes remaining. Now you use him? But this isn't about Reid anymore. At some point on New Year's Eve - after a day without an Eagles miracle in the Meadowlands - Jeffrey Lurie will likely call his head coach of 14 years and relieve him of his duties.
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October 22, 2012 | By Phil Sheridan, Inquirer Columnist
The difficulty of Andy Reid's challenge can best be understood this way. After some bye-week tinkering, he needs an Eagles team that is .500 (11-11) since the start of the 2011 season to go 8-2 or, at worst, 7-3 over the next 10 games. Is it possible? It is, for a couple of reasons. First, the schedule provides a paved road. After next week's game against undefeated Atlanta, the Eagles face a bunch of eminently beatable opponents. Half their games are against the thoroughly mediocre NFC East.
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October 19, 2012 | By Phil Sheridan, Inquirer Columnist
If we learned anything this week, it is this: Andy Reid is still head coach of the Eagles only because Andy Reid is not his boss. The Reid who evaluates his own underlings is merciless and matter-of-fact. If a player is on the downside, if his salary is too high for what he still brings to the roster, if a coach or a scout or a general manager isn't getting it done - boom, they are gone. Done. Finished. Thanks for the memories. Donovan McNabb? Sean McDermott? Tom Heckert? Brian Dawkins?
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June 8, 2012 | By Rich Hofmann and Daily News Staff Writer
ANDY REID has final say over the Eagles' personnel today, just as he did yesterday and the day before that and the day before that. The fact that Joe Banner is leaving as team president does not change that fact, according to everybody involved. Back when the Eagles got rid of general manager Tom Modrak and made Reid the king of all football decisions, there was a clear changing of the power structure. This time, no change is obvious. Owner Jeffrey Lurie insists that Reid's job is no different, now that Don Smolenski is the team president and Howie Roseman is continuing as general manager.
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